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Richard Roundtree and Ed Barth in "The Killing", 1973.
by Ernest Tidyman
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Production company(s)||MGM Television|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||October 9, 1973 – February 19, 1974|
|Preceded by||Shaft (1971 film)|
Shaft is a series of TV movies that aired along with Hawkins and other TV movies during 1973-74 television season on The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies. Broadcast every third week, the series is a continuation of the three films beginning with Shaft (1971), and starring Richard Roundtree as private detective John Shaft.
Because it was aired on over-the-air television, CBS felt that the narrative needed to be toned down. Now instead of working alongside the police, Shaft worked with them, creating cross-overs with Hawkins, another police series with a starkly conflicting demographic. The show was cancelled after one season. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows—Shaft and Hawkins—appealed to vastly different audience bases, alternating them only served to confuse fans of both series, giving neither one the time to build up a large viewership. Richard Roundtree himself has publicly expressed his disdain for the small-screen version of Shaft.
|Nº||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Executioners"||October 9, 1973|
|2||"The Killing"||October 30, 1973|
|3||"Hit-Run"||November 20, 1973|
|4||"The Kidnapping"||December 11, 1973|
|5||"Cop Killer"||January 1, 1974|
|6||"The Capricorn Murders"||January 29, 1974|
|7||"The Murder Machine"||February 19, 1974|
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